Each state has a certain number of electoral votes. The more people that live in your state-the more electoral votes your state gets. (Can you see why candidates would spend a lot of time in California, Texas, Florida, and New York?) In 48 of the states, the candidate that gets the most votes gets, all the electoral votes for that state. Nebraska and Maine, do not follow the winner-take-all rule. In those two states there could be a split of electoral votes among the candidates. The first candidate to win 270 electoral votes becomes the President!